No coal without CCS litmus test for climate change seriousness

July 8, 2008 at 7:01 am | Posted in Carbon Capture and Storage, Carbon emissions, CCS, Clean energy, Climate change, Coal, Coal-fired power stations, Environment, Fossil fuels, Global warming, Nuclear power, Renewable energy | Leave a comment
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Museum of Welsh Life coal fireplace 24 October 2007

Museum of Welsh Life coal fireplace 24 October 2007

Choices among alternative energy sources—renewable energies, energy efficiency, nuclear power, fossil fuels with carbon capture—these are national matters.  

But the decision to phase out coal use unless the CO2 is captured is a global imperative, if we are to preserve the wonders of nature, our coastlines, and our social and economic well being.

~ wrote James Hansen in his letter to Prime Minister Fukuda dated 3 July 2008, stressing the global need to eliminate all coal use without CCS above all other national choices for energy sources.

On the other hand, Connaughton uses a nuclear litmus test for climate change seriousness.

Wouldn’t a ban on coal unless its Carbon is Captured and Stored (CCS) be a more effective globally imperative litmus test to assess climate change seriousness of presidential candidates, G8 delegates, and country leaders?

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